DECEMBER 2, 2015
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New Brief on the US Farm Bill

The Haas Institute just released a companion research brief to accompany our research report entitled The US Farm Bill: Corporate Power and Structural Racialization in the United States Food System. The new "Facts and Findings" research brief gives a summary of the major findings and analysis from the initial research report, and lifts up a series of short-term policy interventions and long-term strategies to address major structural barriers in the United States food system. Download and read both reports on our Farm Bill Report web page

Nancy Scheper-HughesThe Human Organ Market Costs Everyone More Than Lives

The commodification of human organs is big business. In many countries, the poor are preyed upon with the promise of financial gain that will alleviate their current condition of deep poverty. UC Berkeley professor of Anthropology and Haas Institute Disability Studies research cluster member Nancy Scheper-Hughes said in an article on the subject in Motherboard that people are "lied to, always, about how much they’re going to get" when it comes to financial compensation for selling their organs. Additionally “the people who made out better were not those who just sold their kidneys, but people who became part of the syndicate."  The consequences can be dire. Usually the money is only a short-term solution, and they are faced with after-care issues, disability, and turning to selling organs themselves. Read the article.*

*This article contains some images of a graphic nature.

Changing the Narrative on Government Assistance—with Evidence

Hilary Hoynes

Berkeley professor and Haas Institute Economic Disparities chair Hilary Hoynes was recently referenced in an article published by The Cap Times that rejects the idea that governmental assistance "spoils" the poor. In the study, Hoynes found that "welfare payments didn't increase single motherhood," as some have claimed. In fact, there are numerous studies that indicate that anti-poverty programs such as EITC actually help lift people out of poverty. Read the article
Wednesday, Dec. 2

12:00 Noon – 2:00 pm
Richmond Civic Center

Workshop in Richmond: Making Community Benefits Work

The Haas Institute is hosting a community workshop to explore the application of promising community benefits models as it relates to the development of the Berkeley Global Campus in Richmond, CA. Presenters include: Juliet Ellis, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission; Julian Gross, Law Office of Julian Gross; and Joe Recchie, Praxia Partners. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here
Laverne Cox Flyer

Wednesday, Dec. 2
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
ASUC Student Union, UC Berkeley

Laverne Cox: Ain't I A Woman?

Acclaimed Orange is the New Black actress and activist Laverne Cox will tell her story in this inaugural event of a new campus climate speaker series at UC Berkeley. The event also launches “Make the Most of Your Moment,” a public campaign to inspire dialogue and action for a healthier, fully inclusive campus. More information here.
Thursday, Dec. 3
12:00 Noon – 1:30 pm
Stephens Hall 340

The Global Food System and its Discontents

Nadia Barhoum and Elsadig Elsheikh of the Haas Institute will speak about the global food system as part of SESAME, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies working group on Sustainability and Stewardship in North Africa and the Middle East. More information.
Friday, Dec. 4

Chicago, IL
9:30 am – 2:30 pm CST  

Advancing Racial Equity: The Role of Government (Chicago)

This workshop from the Government Alliance on Race and Equity will provide an introduction to the role, challenges, responsibilities and opportunities for government to advance racial equity in the Greater Chicago region.  More information here.
Monday, Dec. 14
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Kauffman Foundation
4801 Rockhill Rd
Kansas City, MO

A Conversation on Race and Belonging with john a. powell

Hosted by Communities Creating Opportunities. Information on tickets here.
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